The Kupfer family farm is operating as a u-pick pumpkin patch from their 160 acre residence. They grow several varieties of pumpkins/gourds and corn. They open their farm for agri-tourism activities on weekends in October.

Clay and Melissa Kupfer and family of Roach were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. The Kupfer family was selected as the Camden County Missouri Farm Family by the Camden County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.

The family consists of Clay, who is in the construction business, Melissa, an independent insurance agent, daughters Carley, 11, Annie, 9, and Emily, 7, who all attend Camdenton Schools. Together their initials spell MECCA. 

The Kupfer family farm is operating as a u-pick pumpkin patch from their 160 acre residence. They grow several varieties of pumpkins/gourds and corn. They open their farm for agri-tourism activities on weekends in October. 

The attractions include hay ride, petting zoo, corn crib, hay mountain, nature themed obstacle course, crop maze, face painting, big slide, outdoor games and a concession stand. They have hosted local 4-H groups, boy and girl scouts, school field trips and church gatherings. As a family, they choose seeds, plant, monitor and harvest together. 

More information can be found at meccafarm.com or on their Facebook page.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.